Fashions change but Merino sheep endure

The whitest, brightest wool is grown by our poll merino ewes. Fibre quality is paramount.

Our ram partners are Woodpark Merinos (website) in Jerrilderie, New South Wales. Rams are selected on visual attributes and Australian Sheep Breeding Values.

Woomargama Station has ZQ merino accreditatio which is stringent in regards to animal husbandry. We must ensure that our sheep are allowed the Five Animal Freedoms: freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury and disease; freedom to express normal behaviours; and freedom from fear and distress.

Our merino flock is not muelsed but we are still mindful to avoid fly strike in our sheep. We now crutch the sheep twice a year to minimize any risk of this.

The ZQ Accreditation has strict protocols around shearing. Each shearer must have his own pen so that his sheep can be observed and we can ensure their shearing reaches correct standards.

Quality wool classing is fundamental to ensuring the fleeces are classed by micron, colour and other qualities. The story of each sheep is told in its fleece: drought, overnight diet changes and stress can manifest as breaks in the wool. As wool growers, we try to avoid such breaks where at all possible so that we have happy animals and quality wool.